Regular readers of this blog will know that I work full-time in SEAMEO SPAFA, the Regional Centre for Archaeology and Fine Arts under the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization. I am currently conducting a large-scale regional survey to understand archaeology education in Southeast Asia: What is the regional archaeology education and industry landscape like? Where do people study archaeology in Southeast Asia? Where else in the world can you study about the archaeology of Southeast Asia? And what are the emerging training needs for regional archaeologists? To that effect, I hope you can help by taking part in our survey:
SEAMEO SPAFA Archaelogy Education Survey
The survey is open to everyone, anywhere in the world but especially since you are reading this blog, I am interested to hear from you. The online survey takes around 10-20 minutes to complete, and you can also choose to take the survey in Thai, Khmer, Vietnamese, Myanma, Bahasa Indonesia and Bahasa Malaysia. The data gathered from the survey will be very useful in informing educators about the current needs in the region and help with medium-to-long term planning.
Your input is important! Please take the survey here: http://www.seameo-spafa.org/archaeology-education-survey/
via Straits Times, 09 January 2018:
Singapore News -Potential areas with archaeological significance could include the mouth of the Singapore River and other sites with ancient settlements and trade activities…
Source: Survey to pinpoint sites of archaelogical interest part of new national heritage plan, Singapore News & Top Stories – The Straits Times
via Frontier Myanmar, 06 September 2017: A new survey of the Bagan monuments has identified 3,800 monuments.
A survey by the Association of Myanmar Architects has recorded 3,822 monuments at Bagan and the inventory has been handed to the Minister for Religious Affairs and Culture, the AMA told a news conference at its Yangon office on September 5.
“This scientifically-collected inventory could be helpful in the process for Bagan to become a UNESCO World Heritage site,” said U Sun Oo, the AMA president.
Preliminary research for the inventory, involving 300 architects who volunteered their time, began before the 2016 earthquake that seriously damaged many ancient temples and other monuments at Bagan, one of the country’s most popular pilgrimage and tourist destinations.
Source: Bagan survey counts 3,800 monuments | Frontier Myanmar
See also: 3822 religious monuments in Bagan: latest study (Myanmar Times, 07 September 2017)
Along with second Lidar survey of Angkor, the data obtained from aerial mapping of the areas promises to be a boon for future nature conservation works, particularly with forest cover and endangered tree species tracking.
Archaeologist Damian Evans at Beng Melea. Source: Phnom Penh Post 20150428
Mapping tech holds promise
Phnom Penh Post, 28 April 2015
Aerial mapping techniques used to produce two new studies into forest canopies around the Angkor temple complex could provide a major boost to future conservation efforts in Cambodia and other tropical countries.
The first of the studies combined very high resolution (VHR) imagery with plant field data, while the second combined VHR imagery with images taken from Google Earth to produce detailed maps of the tree species in the Angkor Thom complex.
According to the studies’ authors, the methods could be used to monitor the presence of endangered or protected tree species, as well as to produce accurate estimations of the quantity of timber present in forests – data essential to implementing incentive-based conservation schemes such as the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) program.
“In a few hours of flying, we can collect data over hundreds of square kilometres that would take decades to acquire on the ground,” said Dr Damian Evans, one of the reports’ authors.”>
Full story here.
A new LiDAR survey of Angkor will start this year, which will cover more regions such as the rest of Phnom Kulen, Banteay Chhmar and Sambor Prei Kuk. It will be the largest aerial archaeological survey every undertaken with LiDAR, and we look to more exciting discoveries to come!
New lidar survey of Angkor. Source: Phnom Penh Post 20150404
World’s biggest aerial laser survey to reveal Kingdom’s historical secrets
Phnom Penh Post, 04 April 2015
Following the incredible discoveries of the first ‘lidar’ project around Angkor Wat, archaeologists have big hopes for a second, much-larger survey
In 2013, Cambodia made world headlines when an expansive survey using airborne laser technology revealed not only that the city of Angkor was even more monumental than previously thought, but that another enormous ancient city, Mahendravarpata, lay beneath the jungle-covered plateau of Phnom Kulen, northeast of Siem Reap.
Now a second, even more expansive survey is about to take place using the same laser imaging detection and ranging technology, known as ‘lidar’.
Aerial lidar surveys involve firing millions of laser beams at the ground and measuring the time they take to bounce back, using tiny differences in time to calculate elevation variations.
Full story here.